winterswijk 2015

or: a game of stones

In 2015 I joined a team of geologists and palaeontologists and other abberrant enthousiasts to dig up the limestone quarry at Winterswijk in the easternmost part of the Netherlands known as the Achterhoek (the Outer Reaches, with some poetic license). The stones are of Triassic age, between about 240 and 250 million years old. The prize most hunted for was the illusive nothosaur, several species of which are known to occur in these sediments. And some were indeed found; you can listen to a Dutch radio broadcast detailing the excavation, and here's a Dutch news article documenting one of our more spectacular finds.